### Perfect Days in San Francisco
- rworange Apr 19, 2007 09:14 AM
Just a recent Chow blog about how "An Amateur Aces San Francisco".
This is an excellent link to direct visitors who ask this question on where to eat in San Francisco.. The blogger who has been nominated for a Time Out New York NonTraditional Eat Out Award has certainly covered those places in San Francisco so far. Unfortunatly he seems to have missed the one pizza that is worthy of the name in San Francisco.
To cut to the chase, here is the link embedded in the above where he solicited suggestions.
Only the Fisherman's Wharf area has been left out. So here you go
You're joking . . . haha! Is it just me or are those reader suggestions as ho-hum and boring as a follow-the-sheep "foodie" itinerary can be? I'll reserve judgment on the eating tour until he finishes blogging about them all. Can't believe he actuallly consumed the Arinell's pizza if he thought it was so bad, probably should stop reading right there.
Or maybe it's my boredom with the San Francisco board, which seems to have fallen into the same-old, same-old trap, that's speaking now? Anyway, I'm glad this is on the Food Media board and not the SF board as a rec for visitors. Zachary's the only worthy pizza as a Chow.com editorial comment?!?
re: Melanie Wong
If you think the Bay Area board is bad, you should see the Manhattan board... at least most of our inquiries are from newbies looking for food... there are lots of bachelor/bachelorette party questions, and "where's a good place to get a drink after dinner?" questions on Manhattan's. Plus at least three burger threads, three pizza threads, and three bagel threads going at any given time.
Thanks, daveena. While I'm still bored with the narrowness of the City's eating scene, I'm feeling better about the SF Bay Area board. This week has been far more interesting, due to the contributions of good posters like you. I'm not giving up yet in the battle for the soul of Chowhound and will stick around to try to do my part too.
re: Melanie Wong
The best that can be done is to post about interesting places and hope to attracts others and even with high noise there's some good stuff and there really isn't another option.
Yelp is a good resource in some terms, but for real food info, not so good. One example is Cheeseboard. I went through 97 posts that said basically "ain't Cheeseboard great" to get three possible. tips.
It doesn't help though that serious food discussion here gets snuffed while vague recommendations about places like Fisherman's Wharf remain because ... you know ... you are a snob if you don't eat there because it is 'fun' even there are no specific food recs. It is wearing especially when it comes from long-time hounds. It only invites more drek.
I may just briefly open, not read and close tourist requests in the future. The breaking straw today was providing links to information on Chowhound and having that visitor not even bother to read those links. I realize that people rarely follow links. But if that link answers a specific need and it is ignored ... well.
Too many people just want what this topic provides.
Yelp is fine for what it is, general. Sure a bunch of the info is inane but like anything you have to filter the noise and read between the lines...just like here. As a quick guide Yelp is useful. Sometimes I just want a quick sense and I'll make up my own mind. Frankly sometimes too much information is not useful. It also has a bookmark function that I find really helpful for places I want to try.
As for serious food discussion -- that's a pretty difficult task online. So much about food is eating, experiencing, context and personal that it gets lost in translations, which is why great food writers are sort of rare and definitely not universal.